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October 14, 2013
Platform expects to complete a listing of the acquired business on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) by the end of 2013...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Platform-Holdings-to-acquire-MacDermid-for-$1-8-billion-updated_55884.html
October 14, 2013

Pharmaceutical ingredients makers are seeing a rise in demand particularly due to the growing emerging markets, experts say. Regulatory changes in the European Union and the United States, however, are changing the operating landscape significantly. There are also continued consolidations, and the competitiveness of Chinese and Indian manufacturers is waning, experts say. Producers around the world, however, remain optimistic and expect the emerging markets to play a key role in the future.

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http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Pharmaceutical-ingredients-Demand-rises-as-industry-evolves-with-new-regulations-in-EU-US_55827.html
October 10, 2013
Chemtura has reached agreement to sell its pool and spa chemicals business to KIK Custom Products (Toronto) for $315 million. The company also announced that is exploring the sale of...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Chemtura-sells-pool-chemicals-for-$315-million-exploring-sale-for-agchems_55878.html
September 16, 2013
The slowdown in the Chinese economy and the focus of the country’s new leadership on reform rather than growth has caused revenues to fall for most major Chinese and overseas chemical firms. China’s growth, while slowed, is nevertheless strong compared with other countries....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/China-New-leadership-five-year-plan-to-benefit-industry-despite-slowdown_54948.html
September 6, 2013
Sabic Innovative Plastics continues to invest heavily to strengthen operations in China. “It is an important market with a very large customer base,” Keith Smith, executive v.p. of Sabic Innovative Plastics tells CW. “In absolute terms, the industry has seen the largest volume growth in the world coming from China.”...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Sabic-Innovative-Plastics-growth-plans-target-China_55027.html
September 6, 2013
A wave of coal-based chemical investments in China has created a new phase of chemical production in the country, says a recent IHS Chemical report, China Coal Chemical Industry...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Olefin-production-boosts-demand-for-coal-based-methanol-in-China_54949.html
September 5, 2013
Between 2013 and 2020, the production of basic chemicals and plastics in the United States will increase at an average rate of 5%/year to meet growing demand for cost-advantaged exports, according to 'A Manufacturing Renaissance,' the third volume of the IHS report, 'America’s New Energy Future: The Unconventional Oil and Gas Revolution and the US Economy.'...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/IHS-Shale-oil-and-gas-to-boost-US-chemical-production-5-percent-annually_54934.html
August 28, 2013
Quinpario Acquisition (St. Louis), a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) created by former Solutia executives for specialty chemical buyouts, has completed a $172.5-million initial public offering....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Quinpario-raises-$172-5-million-for-specialty-acquisitions_54683.html
August 28, 2013
With a first-half recovery in activity and a number of large chemical assets put up for sale over the past two months, bankers say the remainder of 2013 should be busy for merger and acquisition (M&A) activity....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/M-and-A-Solid-activity-expected-to-continue-in-second-half_54688.html
August 27, 2013
Shell Chemical has begun accepting bids from ethane suppliers for its proposed petrochemical complex in Pennsylvania, according to a company statement issued on 27 August.
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http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Shell-taking-bids-from-ethane-suppliers-for-proposed-Pennsylvania-cracker_54779.html
August 26, 2013
A backlog in FDA approvals for active ingredients in sunscreen is limiting options for sunscreen formulators, producers say....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Ingredient-approval-a-challenge-for-sunscreen-formulators_54667.html
August 23, 2013
BHP Billiton (Melbourne) says it is going ahead with a $2.6-billion investment to finish the excavation and lining of production and service shafts at the company’s previously announced Jansen potash project, in Canada, and to continue installing essential surface infrastructure and utilities....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/BHP-commits-$2-6-billion-to-Canada-potash-project_54686.html
August 23, 2013
Syngenta (Basel), the leading global producer of crop protection chemicals and the third-largest seeds player, has ambitious goals. The company, in 2011, combined the commercial operations of these two businesses to serve farmers with an integrated, crop-by-crop offering....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Syngenta-Technology-to-boost-world-food-supplies_54666.html
August 21, 2013
Chevron was selected as the “Best of the Best” among this year’s IHS Spectrum Excellence Award winners based on its innovative use of information systems and best practices to achieve environmental, health, safety and sustainability (EHS&S) business goals. Several chemical makers also won Spectrum Excellence awards for sustainability and innovation, including Drom Fragrances, RPM's Rust-Oleum Europe subsidiary, and Total Petrochemicals and Refining....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Chevron-wins-IHS-Spectrum-Excellence-Award_54440.html
August 16, 2013
Resistance by German automaker Daimler to a hydrofluorocarbon replacement developed by DuPont for refrigerant applications makes placing a valuation on DuPont’s fluorochemicals business challenging, says Ray Will, a director with IHS Chemical’s consulting practice....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Daimler-resistance-to-HFC-alternative-complicates-valuation-of-DuPont-fluorochemicals-business_54529.html
August 15, 2013
Trian Fund Management, led by activist investor Nelson Peltz, has acquired a 2.3% stake in DuPont and has met with company management to outline possible strategic changes, according to a person familiar with the matter. Trian currently holds more than 21 million DuPont shares, according to the person. The person adds that Trian has met with DuPont chair and CEO Ellen Kullman as well as other DuPont senior management and has presented the company with a white paper on strategic changes to increase shareholder value....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Trian-takes-2-3-percent-stake-in-DuPont_54511.html
August 14, 2013
Quinpario Acquisition (St. Louis, MO), a special purpose acquisition company formed by former Solutia executives to fund specialty chemical buyouts, has completed a $172.5-million initial public offering (IPO)....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Quinpario-IPO-raises-$172-5-million-for-specialty-chemical-acquisition-fund_54499.html
August 14, 2013
Trian Fund Management, led by activist investor CEO Nelson Peltz, has acquired a 0.6% stake in DuPont, according to regulatory filings....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Trian-reveals-small-DuPont-stake_54496.html
August 13, 2013
DuPont has adopted a cash payout severance plan for senior executives fired following a company takeover and also changed company bylaws regarding advance notice of shareholder...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/DuPont-adopts-executive-severance-and-bylaw-changes-in-advance-of-Trian-stake-disclosure_54468.html
August 13, 2013
“We now have the requisite permits in hand to initiate construction of the cracker and polyethylene units, and remain in the first-mover position, leading the way as the US petrochemical industry announces significant expansions of capacity as a result of shale resource development,” says Ron Corn, v.p./corporate planning and development....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Chevron-Phillips-Chemical-cracker-and-PE-projects-gain-environmental-permits_54456.html
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